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Turbo II Shop Vacuum

Fein - Turbo II Shop Vacuum

This 9-gallon shop vacuum from Fein is compact, easy to move around, and extremely durable in design and construction

$300.00 (As of 7/1/2007)

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9/25/2015

Comments on my Turbo II - FCS 9.20.25 (owned and used for 3 years now). I find it interesting that other reviewers mainly give the positive points. Here's a few that I think represent opportunities for Fein to improve upon. 1.) The black plastic handle across the top of the unit looks smooth .... on top. But underneath it's most uncomfortable to the carrying hand. It has angular sharpish edges that cut into the fingers when carrying more than a short distance. I wrapped mine with some cloth to soften the hold.___ 2.) The metal grabbers that hold the top to the bottom (except during emptying) were not designed to grab well. I had to put shims under them to provide a good seal when snapping them into place to keep the seal tight.___ 3.) The top of the waste bucket portion has a lip that prevents getting all the waste out of it when tipping upside down to empty it. This is a small thing but an irritant nonetheless. Tipping the bucket upside down is unwieldily at best but at least the bucket is not too heavy.____ 4.) My model came with no bag -- kind of a shock to me. The big, round barrel filter works well, but is large and therefore expensive to replace. It can be removed and another vac or compressor used to clean it well. I'd prefer a bag to catch most of the various dust first and save the filter for the finer bits.____ 5.) There's a small handle on the top of the vac that turns an arm inside to "rattle" the accordion filter and shake dust from it. This is now common practice and somewhat effective, BUT ... there's no indication for the direction to turn it. If you do it "backwards" it can unscrew the filter inside and you don't know it until dust begins pouring out the exhaust port on the next use!! I used a marker to show the proper direction to turn the handle.____ 6.) There are two switches: one for on/off and the other for auto/manual mode. They are recessed into the side and not easily visible. If I fish around blindly trying to find the on/off I'm equally likely to get the wrong one (the auto/manual one) and after tipping the switch ... nothing happens. Ooops, wrong one. I put a marker (a red dot) on the top of the vac right over the on/off switch so I can easily reach the one I want every time. It's a big time saver and reduces the aggravation factor.____ 7.) Fein using their own sized hoses is a big nuisance. Having to shop around for adapters to get from their size to more common ones is not nice or helpful to the owner. They could at least include a couple of adapters with the vac. Remember Fein, it's all about satisfying the customer .... not irritating them.___ I still like the unit and the quietness is a blessing. My minor 'fixes' make it that much better. FEIN TAKE NOTE!
1/2/2013

I agree with the reviews posted. The Fein turbo ll is a great vac., avoid drywall and concrete dust they will toast the motor. There is some information that is not accurate stated in the previous review. Fein's web address is www.feinus.com, much easier to find pertinent information. As far as finding a motor that matches the original, especially older models, Kleen-ritecorp.com does not sell any that match. According to the reps. I spoke to they cannot cross reference Fein's part # with their own part #. They stated that the Ametek motor in the Fein is proprietary. So if you are looking to replace the motor in your Fein turbo ll you will probably have to pay the $175-180.
12/13/2012

RE: Fein Model 9.55.13 Turbo II Dust Extractor ___ After owning/using this vac for ~13 years I can say that I/we really value it. Excellent suction, quiet, and a dream when connected to hand power tools (sanders, routers, etc.). Fein has all the parts available but it takes a bit of perserverence to locate the parts diagram on their web site (www.feinusa.com). Also, my Fein T-II states directly on the orange vac-body that it is 'made in Italy'. The motor also has "Ametek Italia" printed in ink directly on the motor metal body. Ametek Lamb manufactures these motors and their replacements. I've been informed that the number for the replacement motor is #69908100101 (Fein's # 918M5602U)which can be cross-referenced at the Ametek Lamb website or phone assistance to one of several models that are the same size and performance ratings (size: 6.25"long x 5.7"dia., 9.0 amp, with similar CFM/suction ratings, although the 'akoustek' models (+$20) are designed to be quiet. I found New Ametek Lamb motors readily available (2012/$29 - $45) through the www.Kleen-Rite.com website for a very reasonable replacement cost. Unfortunately I have not had great success with the west cost factory authorized repair services... try the national phone technical service and go directly through them if possible, they do know what they are doing!
12/13/2012

RE: Fein Model 9.55.13 Turbo II Dust Extractor ___ After owning/using this vac for ~13 years I can say that I/we really value it. Excellent suction, quiet, and a dream when connected to hand power tools (sanders, routers, etc.). Fein has all the parts available but it takes a bit of perserverence to locate the parts diagram on their web site (www.feinusa.com). Also, my Fein T-II states directly on the orange vac-body that it is 'made in Italy'. The motor also has "Ametek Italia" printed in ink directly on the motor metal body. Ametek Lamb manufactures these motors and their replacements. I've been informed that the number for the replacement motor is #69908100101 (Fein's # 918M5602U)which can be cross-referenced at the Ametek Lamb website or phone assistance to one of several models that are the same size and performance ratings (size: 6.25"long x 5.7"dia., 9.0 amp, with similar CFM/suction ratings, although the 'akoustek' models (+$25)are designed to be quiet. I found New Ametek Lamb motors readily available (2012/$29 - $45) through the www.Kleen-Rite.com website for a very reasonable replacement cost. Unfortunately I have not had great success with the west cost factory authorized repair services... try the national phone technical service and go directly through them if possible, they do know what they are doing!
4/27/2010

I've had this vacuum for about a year and it is great. Good casters, lightweight, good suction, durable, good all around. Hard to find parts or accessories in Canada (at least Vancouver area it is).
6/13/2009

I've owned a Turbo II for at least 10 years. I like how quiet it is, it's suction, automatic start up with power tools, and it's portability. What I don't like is the cloth bag. It lulls you into a false sense of security. Initially, it does such a good job that you feel you don't need any other filters. However, over time the plastic edging on the top of the bag that forms the seal with canister starts developing cracks. If you don't notice them and you use the vac for vacuuming up drywall dust the dust will work it's way into the motor. You CAN vacuum drywall dust if the bag seal is intact, and while I didn't make a habit of it, I did do it occasionally while on a job. My vac still runs, but it is a bit noisier. My advice, a great vac, but if you'll be using it for drywall or other abrasive dust, get the disposable bags and HEPA filters.

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